Not All Breeds Are Natural Swimmers
Every breed is different when it comes to the ability to swim – regardless of whether or not your dog puggin’ loves the water. However, for the safety and well-being of your dog it’s imperative to teach your fur-friend swimming skills. This way they are comfortable around water at the very least, and your backyard pool or beach house doesn’t become a source of anxiety for them.
According to Michele Godlevski, a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant, NADD Dock Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and owner of Teamworks Dog Training in North Carolina: “Some breeds seem to know how to swim from the moment they see a body of water whereas others just don’t see the point of swimming.”
Typically you can look into the traditional role of a breed to gauge whether or not they are naturally drawn to water. Labrador Retrievers, for example, were bred to assist hunters in retrieving water birds. Irish Water Spaniels and Portuguese Water Dogs were also created to perform water-related work with fisherman, and thus don thick, waterproof coats. There are other breeds, however, where physiological elements cause them to struggle with swimming. These include breeds like short-legged breeds (dachshunds, corgis, basset hounds, etc.) and top-heavy “brachy” breeds (Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, etc.)